Last Best Printfest

Friday, April 14, 2017 -
5:30pm to 8:30pm
As part of the upcoming “Last Best Print Fest” the ZACC Printshop is hosting it’s seventh annual portfolio exchange. All printmakers are invited to submit an edition of prints based on the theme "Authenticity". Of the edition of twelve, ten of the prints will be redistributed to other participants in a random selection process, and one print will be available for sale at the "LBPF Portfolio Exchange Opening" on April 14th, as a fundraiser for the ZACC Printshop, and the last will be retained as part of a complete set for the ZACC Printshop Archive. The prints from the portfolios will be exhibited at The ZACC, April 14th through April 28th as part of Printfest. 
For this exchange we invite you to interpret the word "Authenticity" as narrowly or broadly as you want and submit your strongest and most compelling print. 
The exchange is open to all printmakers. Editions should consist of twelve impressions numbered 1/12 to 12/12, using any archival material. If you cannot make it to the ZACC to pick up your portfolio in person, include a self addressed stamped envelope, big enough for ten 11 x 14 inch prints.
Paper size: 11” x 14” - prints can be full bleed
Edition size: 12; numbered 1/12 to 12/12 (no proofs or editions larger than 12)
Media: All forms of printmaking are accepted.
Labeling: In pencil, clearly print artist’s name, title, and media on the back of each print.
Prints must be the original artwork of the submitting artist, and must be dry at the time of submission. The portfolio organizers reserve the right to refuse entry of any submission that fails to conform to the portfolio guidelines.
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Due Date:
Portfolios will be due by April 4th 2016. They can be submitted to The Zootown Arts Community Center, 235 North 1st. Missoula, MT. 59801.

Collated portfolios can be picked up on Friday April 14th during our,  2nd Friday, Art Opening. Portfolios will be held at the ZACC for 1 month. All work that is not picked up in 1 month will be donated to the ZACC Print Shop.


April 14 -  Opening - bidding begins

April 14th - 28th bidding continues

April 28th Closing event bidding ends. 

Print Demo's and Closing Event April 28th (bidding ends)(pick up portfolios)

5:30 Bev Glueckert: "hot glue relief-collagraph" 

6:45 Claire Emery:  Moku Hanga, which is the traditional Japanese woodblock print technique.


For more information contact Patricia Thornton at

 This event is free and open to the public. 


Please join us in welcoming this year's printmakers to the gallery during the grand opening April 14, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. If you are unable to attend the show the artworks will be on display in the Main Gallery for the month of April. Please stop by during our open hours, 11am to 6pm, Monday through Saturday.


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Community Event Instructor: 
Patricia Thornton